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Column: Worthington schools committed to 'Child Find'

By Deb Stoll, District 518 Special Education Coordinator WORTHINGTON -- School districts in Minnesota are dedicated to identify, locate and screen children who may have a disabilities and could be in need of special education services. This ident...

By Deb Stoll, District 518 Special Education Coordinator

WORTHINGTON - School districts in Minnesota are dedicated to identify, locate and screen children who may have a disabilities and could be in need of special education services. This identification system, referred to as “Child Find,” focuses on children from birth through 21 years of age, including children in the public and nonpublic schools, and school-age children who are not attending school.

Therefore, Worthington schools are committed to finding children who may have a disability under the 13 categories of disabilities which includes children with hearing impairment, cognitive delays, autism spectrum, learning disabilities, and behavioral and/or emotional concerns. Worthington schools share these efforts with numerous agencies in their child finding responsibilities, partnering to identify those children that may have a disability. Referrals often come from parents, doctors, private and public programs, Head Start, health and human service agencies, pre-school screenings and anyone concerned about a child’s development.

If you have concerns about a child’s development, there are several options for making a referral. Minnesota has a referral website, Parents Know/Help Me Grow. This online site is designed as a comprehensive resource for parents. The site features a video library and child development charts that are spoken and written in Spanish, Hmong and Somali. The website also has a link for referring a child for screenings which leads to a process to determine if a child is a child with a disability. The “Help Me Grow” website is located at http://parentsknow.state.mn.us/parentsknow/index.html , or simply call 1-866-693 GROW (4769) for more information. Additional options for referring a child are to talk to a health care provider, or call Prairie Elementary at 727-1250 and ask for the Early Childhood Special Education Department.

Culture Fair is Feb. 22 The Worthington Middle School Culture Fair is coming up. It will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the WMS Gymnasium.

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This is the third annual Culture Fair. The WMS Student Council is sponsoring the Culture Fair. Come and see the different culture around the world. Also, go and try the cultures’ foods. As Marco R., a seventh-grade student at WMS, says, “I can’t wait to go to the Culture Fair, to try the different types of foods and learn about the cultures.” 

So what are you waiting for? Go see the Culture Fair on Feb. 22!  (submitted by the Worthington Middle School student council)

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